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Palate Press Wine of the Week: 2008 Samsara Melville Vineyard Pinot Noir

Subtle aromas of raspberries, wet concrete, and dried herbs lead. On the palate, it’s substantial, streamlined, and concentrated. The wine’s focused fruit resonates with varietal purity, offering flavors of blueberry tart, fresh thyme, and white pepper, balanced by dark cherry acidity and graceful tannins. It showsremarkable depth and finishes with sleek strength. Pair it with grilled quail stuffed with figs and wild mushrooms.
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2006 Lucas & Lewellen Pinot Noir

The color, a little brickish-brown, gives the appearance of older wine. Cola with a splash of birch beer is the dominant flavor. Tart red fruits, cranberry, wild strawberries, and rhubarb follow on the mid-palate. Acids and a streak of minerality give it a lot of life and the ability to cut through rich sauces. It lacks the classic Pinot arc - an initial attack, a gentle mid-palate, and a finish that grows and glows and goes on forever. Instead, it has a big attack, followed by a bigger mid-palate, then a fading finish - more typical of syrah. Drink this with pork medallions with shallot and red wine sauce.
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2008 Samsara Mellville Vineyard Pinot Noir

Subtle aromas of raspberries, wet concrete, and dried herbs lead. On the palate, it’s substantial, streamlined, and concentrated. The wine’s focused fruit resonates with varietal purity, offering flavors of blueberry tart, fresh thyme, and white pepper, balanced by dark cherry acidity and graceful tannins. It shows remarkable depth and finishes with sleek strength. Pair it with grilled quail stuffed with figs and wild mushrooms.